At Morton Fraser Lawyers we have highlighted clarity as our guiding principle.
This directs the way we communicate, the way we advise, the way we conduct relationships with our clients and the way we are totally transparent and upfront about our charges. This applies to all our services from the straightforward to the more complex.
We have robust policies, excellent role models and a supportive culture that helps deliver inclusion, diversity and equality.
We consider all forms of discrimination to be unacceptable and strive to be an inclusive organisation where every individual is treated with respect and dignity. We view a diverse workforce as a positive contribution to our business.
We are committed to providing equal opportunities throughout all stages of employment. This means that job applicants, clients and employees will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, marrital status, family situation; race, religion or belief or sexual orientation.
It makes good business sense for us to ensure that our employees are able to maximise their potential within the business and that all decisions which affect them are made in a fair and effective way.
Mindful Business Charter
We are signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, a collaboration between leading banks and law firms committed to driving change in how we work. The bilateral collaboration between service providers and clients is what makes the Charter so powerful. The Charter includes four pillars including openness and respect, smart meetings and mailings, respecting rest periods and mindful delegation.
We have been named as one of the Top 100 UK Companies in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2019. We are the only Scottish law firm named in the UK-wide list, which aims to celebrate and showcase excellence in workplace engagement. Maggie Moodie, Chairman at Morton Fraser, said: “Collectively we’re extremely proud of this achievement and I am delighted that our people feel Morton Fraser is a great place to work. Few law firms take the steps we have to embed change in our working culture and this recognition is a vindication of the environment we’ve strived to create across the firm.” Read the full coverage here.
The result means we have been awarded two stars in the 'Best Companies Accreditation' survey conducted by Best Companies Limited – an independent research company that specialises in workplace engagement.
As part of the survey, the firm donated £10 to our nominated Charity of the Year for every survey completed resulting in a total donation of nearly £1700.
We are one of the top 100 best companies to work for and we know that not because we are in the Sunday Times Top 100 list, but because the views expressed by our people put us there. They believe we are working to create a great place to work and if you are looking to put your talents to best use, come chart your best course with us!
Scottish Business Insider SME winner
In 2018, we were awarded the Business Insider Scottish SME of the year. The Scottish SME Awards recognise financial growth - everything from profit share to highest climber as detailed by the Scottish Business Insider's SME 300 database.
At Morton Fraser we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive place to work where our people can be themselves and be at their best. This is fundamental to Morton Fraser being an inclusive, innovative and higher performing Firm for the future. We take this commitment very seriously and within our People Strategy we have a number of initiatives planned to ensure this ambition is realised.
UK legislation requires legal entities that employ more than 250 people to share gender pay gap data. Whilst we currently fall below that level, (we employ 237 people), our brand values of transparency mean that we want to share our current position. A full copy of our gender pay gap report can be downloaded here.
Family Friendly Working Scotland
As a firm we are committed to ensuring that we attract and retain the best talent. We focus on fostering a workplace that respects the needs of every individual and encourage them to thrive. That is why we are a member of Family Friendly Working Scotland and have signed up to their "happy to talk flexible working" programme - a clear visual cue that we are open to considering varied working patterns to offer people more flexibility to manage all the demands on their time.
We know that the wellbeing of our people is what makes or breaks our long-term success. Deflated, overworked staff deliver low quality work and lack a commitment, whereas a healthy, looked-after team feels capable and eager to perform at their best which in turn benefits our clients. After all, most people spend a third of their life in work, so they want to feel fulfilled and have their contribution valued.
It is for these reasons that we have introduced a wellbeing programme called 'MFeelgood'. Our programme offers staff a variety of tools and resources to help them be the best they can be, at work and in life. So far our programme has covered a diverse range of topics and events such as looking after emotional, physical and financial wellbeing, nutrition tips. weight management and musculoskeletal wellbeing.
We also have an employee assistance programme where employees have access to free counselling on a self-referral basis.
Fair working practices
Morton Fraser is proud to have signed up to the Scottish Government's Business Pledge, an initiative that requires signatories to uphold the principles of fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation in the workplace.
Through this pledge, we have made a commitment to continue implementing fair and progressive practices in the nine focus areas outlined which includes putting innovation at the heart of our business, promoting gender balance, investing in young people, and supporting workforce engagement.
In addition to our business strategy of being open and clear on advice and cost, this commitment further demonstrates that we consider it a priority to lead by example through embracing modern and innovative business practices in the legal sector and investing in the long-term development of our staff.